The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course is designed to prepare individuals to render pre hospital Basic Life Support (BLS) care at the scene of an emergency and during transport of the sick and injured. Instruction will cover the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (attitude) aspects of pre-hospital EMS, with the goal of developing proficient and compassionate emergency healthcare professionals who conduct themselves with integrity and humility.

EMT Program Requirements

  • Attend an Information Session
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Apply to Saddleback College to become a student

EMT students will be required to obtain the following titers/immunizations/vaccines in order to complete program clinical requirements. It is highly encouraged to get started as soon as you are registered for EMT 207 and EMT 207C. 

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella
  • TDAP
  • Hepatitis B
  • TB skin test
  • COVID-19 vaccine/booster
  • Seasonal flu shot (when available)

EMT students are required to complete the following items. Failure to do so within the deadlines listed will result in you not moving forward in the program.

Immunizations/Titers/Physical - Deadline 1/18/2023

All EMT students are required to obtain a “Program Clearance” through the Student Health & Wellness Center, to do so you must make a telehealth appointment at https://studenthealth.saddleback.edu. This appointment will provide you with the information and necessary immunizations and titers required for your individual needs. Once you have completed your Telehealth appointment, the RN will discuss your options and needs for your Program Clearance. If you are not registered in any courses at Saddleback this semester, the link above will not let you proceed to making an appointment, please contact the Student Health & Wellness Center at (949) 582-4606 to make the telehealth appointment by phone. Click here to view the Student Health & Wellness Center office hours.

Required immunizations, titers, physical are listed on the packet. You may choose to use your own health care provider or get this done through the health center. If you use your own healthcare provider, they must fill out the “Evaluation & Recommendation” page included in your “Mandatory Health Assessments” packet. Once signed by your physician, you will submit this to the health center via fax. 

All immunizations and lab results must be faxed to (949) 582-4227; cannot be emailed, as it is not HIPAA compliant for health care records. If you do not have access to a fax, you can download a fax app through your phone. You may also mail it (but fax is preferred):
Student Health Center-SSC 177
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Program Clearances can take up to 3 months for necessary immunizations and or titers to be completed. Please do not delay in making your appointments.  If you have any questions, please call the Student Health & Wellness Center at (949) 582-4606. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT PROGRAM CLEARANCE TO US. THE HEALTH CENTER WILL EMAIL YOU A COPY AND CC US. 
***Students who do not have a “Program Clearance” form on 1/18/22 will be required to sign a “Non Compliance” form. Details can be found on this page.

COVID Vaccine

You will need to be FULLY vaccinated (includes booster) to attend clinical, as facilities are requiring students/faculty to be fully vaccinated for clinical rotations. Any medical accommodation to this requirement will need to go through the DSPS office. Not being fully vaccinated could mean you may not be able to attend clinical and therefore unable to complete the program. Check your local pharmacy for COVID-19 vaccine availability. 

Submit Verification of Health Information - Deadline 1/18/2023

This will be uploaded into your Medical Document Manager (see below)

CastleBranch Background/Drug Test - 1/18/2023

All students will be required to complete a background/drug test. The package cost is $77.75. To place order visit: https://discover.castlebranch.com/.

Instructions: Select> “Place order” at the top right of page. Enter package code: SJ40bgdt. Within 24 hours of your order being placed, CastleBranch will register you to take your test with a lab in your area. Allow 5-7 days for results. The results will be sent to Saddleback automatically. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT ANYTHING FOR THIS. We have access to see the results upon completion and will be tracking this.  Once completed, you may view the report by accessing your account on the Castle Branch website. Your order will show “In Process” until it has been completed. The EMT Program Director has secure access to your account and will confirm that it has cleared via the website. If there are any problems, the EMT Program Director will contact you to discuss them with you confidentially. Similarly, if you have any concerns, you may contact the EMT Program Director to discuss them confidentially.

CastleBranch Medical Document Manager - Order Completed by 1/18/2023

All students will be required to have the Medical Document Manager. The package cost is $38.00. To place order visit: https://discover.castlebranch.com/. Instructions: Select> “Place order” at the top right of page. Enter package code: SJ40im. Students will be directed on which documents need to be uploaded. 

Basic Life Support/CPR Card - Deadline prior to the first day of class 1/18/2023

Prior to the first day of class, you are required to have a valid BLS CPR card, must be through the American Heart Association (no other providers accepted) throughout the entire length of the program.  
 
You can do the BLS Provider course at any authorized AHA Training Center, which you can find at https://cpr.heart.org, or check out the list below for some AHA Training Centers in the Orange County area. Please note that The CPR Lady will give a 10% discount to all Saddleback EMT students (when registering, use Promo Code “SADDLEBACK”)

Training Centers:
The CPR Lady - thecprlady.net
Lifeline Healthcare Education - lifelinecpr.com
National Protection & Safety - npsc.us
Center for Healthcare Education - healthcareeducation.org

Student ID - Deadline 1/31/2023

To obtain your student ID card, you must be registered in a course at Saddleback. You may do so online at https://forms.saddleback.edu/upload or in person in the Admissions & Records office located in SSC 102 – see the Admissions & Records page for details. Once completed, the Admissions & Records office will print and distribute your card. You will carry your Student ID card on you in skill/clinical days.

Uniform - Purchase no later than prior to start of clinical

We will address your attire for clinical on the first day of class during orientation. White cotton polo top, $20+; dark blue bottoms, $30+; dark athletic shoes, $25+ (prices are estimates)

Textbook List - As soon as possible - prior to the first day of class 1/18/2023

Course textbook and online access code: Our course uses the Jones & Bartlett online “Navigate 2 PREMIER Access” system, which includes an electronic version of the course textbook.  The textbook is “Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 12th Edition.”  You have three options depending on whether or not you want a hardcopy version of the textbook (all options include the Navigate 2 Premier Access Code that you will need for most of the course assignments)

Option 1 - Hardcopy Textbook from the Saddleback College Bookstore, includes Navigate 2 Premier Access Code and eTextbook. Cost $433.95. Click here to purchase from the Saddleback College Bookstore.

Option 2 - Hardcopy textbook direct from vendor, includes Navigate 2 Premier Access Code and eTextbook. Cost $325.26. Click here to purchase the hardcopy textbook directly from the vendor.

Option 3 - Electronic textbook only (no hardcopy) direct from vendor, includes Navigate 2 Premier Access Code and eTextbook. Cost $281.21. Click here to purchase the electronic textbook directly from the vendor.
*book prices are estimates and subject to change at any time 

You should have the required course materials (textbook and access code) by the first day of class so that you do not fall behind. Also, chapters 5 and 6 are extremely important to your success in the course because they focus on the foundational topics of anatomy, physiology, and terminology. Therefore, we recommend reading these chapters multiple times, and studying them thoroughly, before the first day of class. Remember to purchase the PREMIER level package/access code (Not “Advantage,” Not “Essentials”).

Note: Students will have access to the Navigate 2 system and all of its learning resources for one year after the access code has been activated.  

EMT Cognitive Exam Fee is $98 per exam attempt. Visit the EMT Full Education Program website to get started.

Certification and Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of EMT 207/207C and the NREMT examination, the student will be eligible for certification as an EMT. There are additional requirements and costs for certification that will be discussed in class, or you may call the Orange County Emergency Medical Services Agency (OCEMS) for more information. Employment opportunities are available with ambulance companies, in hospitals and with other organizations such as ski patrol and lifeguards.

Other EMT Education Opportunities

If you plan to become a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic (MICP), you will need at least one year of full time work experience as an EMT, ideally on an ambulance that responds to 911 calls. Saddleback College offers a Paramedic Preparatory Course (EMT 219), which is highly recommended if you are planning to enroll in the Paramedic Program, and which can also be used to meet EMT Continuing Education requirements.

Contact the Emergency Medical Technician Program